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Wearable devices could change work

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Earlier this year, Google unveiled three new smartwatches, all using the company’s Android operating system. Technology writer James Kendrick sees them as having potential uses in the workplace.

These wearable devices could replace an employee ID card, allowing access to your office, or send out meeting reminders notifying employees to evacuate, get under their desk or convene in a safe area in an emergency.

A wearable device such as a watch, bracelet or necklace could also be used for managing email. “Pri­­or­­­ity email could be flagged in red to make sure the worker responds immediately,” Kendrick says. “Regular email could be checked at a glance.”

And like a smartphone, a smartwatch could help you stay on top of phone calls if you spend a significant amount of time away from your desk. The device could route calls to you or notify you that a call was missed while you were away.

— Adapted from “Wearables in the enterprise: Unlimited possibilities,” James Kendrick, ZDNet.

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